Montana Department of Transportation

Malcolm “Mack” Long, Director


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Wear Your Seatbelt

Each year, too many Montana families are shattered by a visit from a law officer, one that brings news that someone they love has died in a crash. In 2016, it happened 190 times.

You see, 150 of the people killed in crashes last year were in a vehicle with seat belts. And 95 of them - or approximately 63% - were not properly buckled in. As our real survivor stories show, seat belts would have saved many of those lives.

That’s the driving force behind Vision Zero — a movement to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on Montana roadways through engineering, enforcement, emergency response and education initiatives.

Help make zero possible. Ensure that everyone in your vehicle is properly buckled in on every trip. And if you have a story about someone who survived a crash by buckling in, please share it on our Facebook page or post to #visionzeromt.

It's all about saving lives...

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In Montana, more than half of the people killed in crashes each year are unbuckled. Those who died might be alive today if only they had been wearing their seat belts.

You can help solve this statewide healthcare issue. Remember, buckle up every trip, every time—even on short trips at low speeds. A simple click is all it takes to save a life.

The deadly equation

Crash force is equal to your body weight multiplied by the speed of the vehicle. At just 30mph, that's like falling out of a building... Read more about the Deadly Equation

How seatbelts work

Everyone knows seatbelts keep you from flying through the windshield or hurtling toward the dashboard, but there's more... Read more about how seatbelts work

In Montana, it's the law

Montana law places responsibility on the driver to ensure each occupant is properly buckled or in a child safety restraint... Read More about the seat belt laws in Montana

Saved by the Belt

Don't take our word for it, listen to people who survived a crash because they buckled up... Read more about people who were saved by their seatbelts

Don't become a statistic - buckle up.

Motor vehicle crashes continue to be one of the top 5 causes of death in Montana. Between 2006 and 2015 over 55% of those who died were not properly buckled. If they had been, the outcome may have been different...

Seatbelts reduce the risk of death for a front seat occupant by about 50 percent. It's such a simple thing to do to save lives. Make it a habit, Montana. Buckle up. Get more statistics...